A to Z Blogging Challenge: G is for Grammar
It’s the second week of the A to Z Blogging Challenge and I’m really glad I made it this far! Completing one challenge is difficult enough but I decided to make life even harder for myself and do two challenges. I think I did that because I felt like it might be a good way to distract myself from other stresses, but also to meet other bloggers and to build up a lot of niche content on my site. Not quite sure it's working out that way since I got only two views of my post on Friday. Today I am writing about G for Grammar. So, let's crack on and talk about how G for Grammar is related to Nanowrimo.
One of the most important rules I follow when I tackle a Nanowrimo challenge is that I throw the usual rule book out of the window and adopt a diving in approach. By that, I mean that I don't worry about editing or grammar or anything else for that matter. To me, the most important thing is to get the words down on the screen and push on. If it's not working out, don't delete. Just keep going. Write the new version alongside the old one. Editing during the month of November while you're on the first draft is the death of your Nanowrimo challenge.
Some people find it really difficult to switch off their inner-editor and I do understand that. It can be really tempting to get stuck on the first page and try to get it just perfect. I think being able to switch off your editor is as important a skill as editing itself, and as tricky to master too. It can be done though. You have to focus on moving forward rather than perfection.
I might find this a bit easier because I am not a grammar pusher myself. Other writers (who consider themselves more accomplished or even better than me) have criticised me for holding this opinion but I essentially see writing as a way of communicating. So long as your meaning is clear, you've done your job. Perfect spelling and grammar are just the icing on the cake. But you have to make that cake to begin with, to have something to ice. There's no point in having a bag full of sugar frosting if you've got nothing to put it on, right? If you're not communicating clearly, then that's another matter entirely.
Grammar is awesome, but there is a time and a place for it - like completed first drafts being polished up, broadsheet newspapers or academic writing. Your first Nanowrimo draft is not the place to be worrying about it.
What are your own thoughts on grammar during Nanowrimo? I know it might be tempting for grammar enthusiasts to use my comment box to offload their feelings on grammar in general, but please be mindful that this is a discussion about the Nanowrimo challenge.
If you'd like to come back tomorrow, I'll be writing about H for Health. Over on Rock Paper Spirit today, I'm talking about G for Gibraltar.